Did you know that apples work as natural breath fresheners? They are also high in vitamin C which keeps the immune system up, and are a good source of fiber to keep bad cholesterol in check. With these juicy benefits, wouldn’t you want your kids to stuff themselves silly with apples?
If you want your little school-goer to be like Cookie Monster, who ate all the apples in the video above, read on. Here are interesting recipes that can get your child to enjoy eating apples, as well as its health benefits.
Healthy Snacks for Kids:
For a fun surprise, pack a big smiling apple-goo of a mouth in your kid’s lunchbox. I’m sure she will be all smiles, pun definitely intended, once her eyes feast on this unique snack. Of course, if your kid is not a fan of peanut butter, you can ditch it.
Do you want to keep your kid’s mind working even during snack time? Have her assemble an apple puzzle before eating it. This is a really simple and easy-to-prepare snack. Just cut up an apple (according to instructions), and randomly pack the pieces in a food container.
This not-so-scary monster is easy to make and fun to eat! All you need are toothpicks, marshmallows, almonds and of course, the apple. You can substitute marshmallow eyes with grapes too, for a much healthier snack.
Note: For younger kids, talk to their teacher about removing any toothpicks on the snack prior to eating. Safety should always come first.
These recipes are fun and unbelievably easy to do. They do not require a lot of money or time, which is perfect for you. Yes you, the hands-on busy mom who wants to make snack time unique and most of all, healthy for your kids.
One Last Note: Apple Bath
To prevent the apples from browning fast, place the sliced pieces into a lemon and water bath. Leave them for 2-3 minutes, and let the lemon work its magic. Pat dry before using. As an alternative, brush lemon juice directly on the slices.
Got any creations of your own? Do share them by leaving a comment below.
P.S. Thanks to the 3 creative moms who thought up these recipes: Cindy of Fix Me A Snack, Shauna from My Shae Noel and Tiffany from Cute Food For Kids.